Margaret Christian, a 2014 Honors Grad, is in Her Second Year of Med School at Columbia

When she was a senior in the Honors College, Margaret Christian was accepted at the top medical schools in the nation. She's now a second year med student at Columbia.

When she was a senior in the Honors College, Margaret Christian was accepted at the top medical schools in the nation: Yale, Columbia, Albert Einstein, Jefferson Medical College, Rutgers-N.J. Medical School and Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson all wanted her. In the end, she decided to attend Columbia, where she is a second-year medical student in Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is also a research trainee in Columbia’s Cardiothoracic Surgery Research Lab, a summer research program funded by the National Institutes of Health.

She graduated from NJIT in 2014 with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Working with NJIT professors, she did stem cell research and helped design a device that will reduce the time it takes surgeons to repair heart valves. The device, which produces multiple stitches, has won funding from two sources and been awarded a provisional patent. She also spoke at a TEDx Talk held on the NJIT campus.

In recognition of her achievements, when she was a senior the Newark College of Engineering named her the Outstanding Senior in her major, biomedical engineering. Christian is grateful to the Honors College for all the opportunities it gave her. The scholarships helped her to focus on her studies and her research and allowed her not to have to seek a job. Her honors classes were challenging yet the professors “wanted you to succeed,” she says, “which is a big reason why I studied so hard. I’m really grateful to the Honors College for giving me the chance to do research and to do compete in various tech challenges. It gave me a great education that got me into Columbia, which I’m really enjoying.” 

By Robert Florida
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